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Feb
16
2018

The Sponsorship Management System (SMS) for Beginners

Last month, we posted an article on the role of the Authorising Officer and explained that this person does not have access to the Sponsorship Management System (SMS) unless he/she..

Feb
09
2018

Tick tock, have you renewed your CoS?

Tier 2 sponsors should have by now received an email from UK Visas & Immigration reminding them that the CoS annual allocation process will soon begin and any unused unrestricted..

Feb
02
2018

Sponsoring students under Tier 2 work visas – new rules

Tier 2 sponsors will be pleased to hear that rules which came into effect from 11 January 2018 now allow Tier 4 Students on non-PhD courses to switch to a..

Jan
26
2018

Restricted CoS crisis – now doctors are blocked from entering UK

A few weeks ago we wrote about how the Home Office’s Restricted CoS limit was reached in December and many employers saw their applications refused. ..

Jan
18
2018

Tier 2 Sponsors: Role of the Authorising Officer

Businesses with sponsor licences have a huge responsibility to ensure that the points based system is not abused. The role of the Authorising Officer is to effectively manage the licence..

Jan
09
2018

UKVI confirms Restricted CoS limit reached in December

For the first time since July 2015, the Home Office’s monthly Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) limit was reached and many employers saw their applications refused. Data published on the..

Jan
05
2018

Looking ahead at business immigration in 2018

In 2017, we saw the government push ahead with its policy to reduce net migration to “sustainable levels.” Businesses saw the introduction of the Immigration Skills Levy, the closure of..

Dec
15
2017

Home Office fines show the true cost of not carrying out immigration checks

The Home Office has recently published its quarterly figures for the number of illegal workers identified between April and June 2017. The figures show that illegal workers are not just..

Dec
15
2017

Tier 2 & 5 Priority Service for Sponsors

Last year, UK Visas & Immigration launched the Tier 2 and 5 priority change of circumstances service for business sponsors. UKVI’s current processing time for requests via the SMS is..

Dec
04
2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan campaigns for ‘fair and flexible’ visa system

The London Mayor has kicked off a week long trade mission to India and Pakistan by criticising the British government’s current stringent visa policy. Speaking in Mumbai, Sadiq Khan said..



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